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Thank you for considering a career in law enforcement with the El Paso Police Department. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by visiting the Police Trainee Job description on the City of El Paso's website.

Job Interest Cards

Persons interested in joining the EPPD are asked to submit their Job Interest Card online so they may be notified of future hiring. Click Police Trainee for the Job Description, once there click on “Email me when jobs like this become available” and complete the contact information.

Hiring Process Overview

Individuals, who achieve a grade of 70 or better on the written exam, pass the job simulation test and the background investigation will have their names placed on the eligible list. Applicants with a passing grade who are eligible for veteran's credits will have these points added to their final grade. Applicants are placed on the eligible list in rank order, with the highest scoring individual placed first. If two or more applicants achieve the same score, their rank on the list will be determined by a system of drawing by lot. Lists normally remain in effect for six months. Applicants will be notified by email of their status.

Written Examination

The written examination is administered to all applicants. The exam is approximately three and a half hours in length. The examination consists of reading, writing and decision making skills. The El Paso Police Department does not offer a study guide for the written examination however; Ergometrics the creator of the exam offers practice exams for a fee. This is not required but is available on www.ergopracticetests.com.

The El Paso Police Department utilizes the law enforcement examination provided by Ergometrics to evaluate applicants for the positions of Police Trainee, Certified Peace Officer and Police Officer. More information regarding the written exam examination is available www.ergopracticetests.com.

Job Simulation Test

The Job Simulation Test consists of four Pass/Fail components. Applicants must pass all four components to pass the Job Simulation Test. Applicants will be afforded two opportunities to pass the Job Simulation Test. The tests consists of the below listed events:

Comprehensive Background Investigation

Those applicants who successfully complete the written examination and job simulation test must pass a comprehensive background investigation which includes medical, psychological and polygraph examinations and drug screening.

Information for Out-of-Town Applicants

Applicants from outside of the El Paso area are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be required to make two visits to El Paso, one day to complete the written exam and job simulation test and later in the process they will be required to return to El Paso for two-three days to complete the background investigation.

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